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Montana's senators, representative prioritize coronavirus precautions as state sees first cases

As Congress waited to vote on its second multibillion-dollar coronavirus bill in less than three weeks, Montana's delegation called for bipartisanship and cautioned constituents not to panic and be smart about public exposure. U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester returned to Montana on Thursday as the state was shutting down on several fronts. State universities were shifting to online-only classes, and public events across Montana were being rescheduled or canceled to minimize the spread of … Continue Reading


Daines says he's seeking relief for people in wake of coronavirus outbreak

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said Thursday he offered several proposals in the congressional pipeline he said will help the country during the coronavirus outbreak and said the Senate needs to remain in session next week despite some scheduled time off to deal with the pandemic. The Montana Republican said via telephone that his proposals are to ensure impacted families and businesses have paid leave, temporarily waive payroll taxes, provide relief from tariffs and guarantee access to affordable test… Continue Reading


Gardner, Daines propose bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act

U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Steve Daines (R-MT) on March 9 introduced a bipartisan bill to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and decrease the multibillion-dollar maintenance backlog plaguing America's national parks and forests. "Yesterday I introduced the Great American Outdoors Act to fully and permanently #FundLWCF," tweeted Sen. Gardner on March 10. "This bipartisan legislation will ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy our public lands for many ye… Continue Reading


Pulse Growers Hopeful Trade Resumes with India

An ongoing trade war with India has caused market prices for peas, lentils and chickpeas to crash. But, pulse growers remain hopeful that recent efforts with India will help secure this important export market again. India is the world's largest consumer of pulse crops, contributing to approximately 27 percent of the world's consumption. And for Montana pulse growers like Jillien Streit from Chester losing this important export market as hurt their bottom line. "The U.S. market value to India … Continue Reading


Daines asks Trump for delay on Real ID in Montana

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines has asked President Donald Trump to delay requirements of the Real ID Act of 2005 for one year for Montanans, saying the state was having difficulty meeting the October deadline for compliance. "While the state of Montana continues working to implement Real ID in a timely fashion, large numbers of Montanans will not have Real ID compliant identification by the October 2020 deadline," the Montana Republican wrote in a Feb. 28 letter to the president. "I ask that you grant… Continue Reading


Daines: Maintain United States' trade winning streak

America is on a trade winning streak. Over the past five months, President Trump closed the deal on major trade agreements with our four largest trading partners: Canada, Mexico, Japan and China. These four countries alone make up half of America's total trade, at nearly $2 trillion. Since last fall, I've had the privilege of standing with President Trump at the White House on three separate occasions to celebrate these historic trade victories. Through my membership on the U.S. Senate … Continue Reading


Montana Ag Network report for February 26

Lane Nordlund has the Montana Ag Network report for Wednesday, February 26, 2020: #1: This week potato growers from all over the nation, including Montana, are advocating for the potato industry for the National Potato Councils 2020 Fly-In taking place in Washington D.C. The event gives potato farmers and industry leaders the opportunity to share their story on Capitol Hill. "It's the one time of year where we can gather whether we're producers, seed growers, commercial, chippers, all aspects … Continue Reading


Daines presses IHS to release report on doctor's sexual assaults

The Indian Health Service has yet to disclose a third-party report into the way it dealt with pediatrician and serial pedophile Stanley Patrick Weber, according to U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, who wants the report made public. Weber, who sexually assaulted Blackfeet Indian boys in the early-1990s and remained employed by IHS for another 16 years. During that time, the pediatrician relocated to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where he sexually assaulted five more boys, the youngest of them … Continue Reading


Montana’s Teacher of the Year

Today, Senator Daines met with Montana's 2020 Teacher of the Year, Linda Rost. Linda lives in Baker, MT and teaches several different science classes at Baker High School. She earned a master's degree in science education from Montana State University in 2018 and is currently working towards her Ph.D through Texas Tech. Daines, who earned his degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University, and Linda discussed the importance of STEM education in the classroom and some unique project… Continue Reading


Missoula terminal project receives $6.7M federal boost as work advances

Construction of a new passenger terminal at Missoula International Airport received a welcome funding boost this week, landing $6.7 million from the Federal Aviation Administration. Announced by Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines and provided by the FAA's Airport Improvement Program, the funding will reduce the amount of debt incurred by the airport as it completes the first phase of its terminal project, valued at $67 million. "What it really means is less debt for the project," Airport Direct… Continue Reading


Daines touts Medicare program at Belgrade meeting

Montana's Republican Sen. Steve Daines sat with a group of seniors Friday morning between gym equipment in Belgrade to talk about tapping into care through private health plans backed by the government. A handful of people, selected to talk in advance, described access to places like The Gym of Belgrade through Medicare Advantage - plans offered by private companies that contract with Medicare. Much of the conversations doubled down on Daines' support for the program that he said cover… Continue Reading


Montana U.S. Senator Daines Visits With Special Olympics Athlete of the Year

U.S. Senator Steve Daines recently met with Kandi Christophersen, the 2019 Montana Special Olympics Athlete of the Year from Billings. Kandi has competed in the Special Olympics for 22 years in over 10 different sports, including two trips to the national competition in 2006 and 2010! Montana Special Olympics CEO Rhonda McCarty was also in attendance. Together they shared stories of what makes Kandi such a fierce Special Olympics competitor. They also thanked Senator Daines for being such a s… Continue Reading


Daines backs bill capping out-of-pocket costs in Medicare Part D

Sen. Steve Daines is supporting a bipartisan proposal brewing in the Senate Finance Committee that would cap annual out-of-pocket costs for seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D. The proposal, known as the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act, has the support of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and the Trump administration. "I hear from seniors who are struggling with high, out-of-pocket costs when it comes to their prescription drugs," Daines told Azar during a recent committee … Continue Reading


Two Veterans Affairs clinics named after Montana veterans

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Two Veterans Affairs clinics will now bear the names of World War II veterans, Benjamin Steele and Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow. The renaming came after legislation authored by U.S. Senator Steve Daines, U.S. Senator Jon Tester, and Congressman Greg Gianforte. "It's so appropriate that we now have a facility that holds the names of Montana war heroes and its going to be a place where veterans can come and get healed," says Congressman Gianforte. "It's such a great made in Monta… Continue Reading


Senate passes bill to name ridge in Paradise Valley

A bill naming a ridge near Emigrant Peak in honor of Air Force pilots who died there has passed the U.S. Senate. The B-47 Ridge Designation Act honors the crew of a bomber that crashed in the summer of 1962, killing the four men on board - Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh, Lt. David Sutton and Lt. Lloyd Sawyers. The bill would would designate the southwestern arm of Emigrant Peak as B-47 Ridge and allow for placement of a plaque at the crash site where plane debris is still st… Continue Reading


Senator Steve Daines speaks to Sidney High School students

Republican Senator Steve Daines videoconferenced into a Sidney High School classroom full of students on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 12. The students - from social sciences teacher Brad Faulhaber's class - were eager to ask questions. The first question proposed to the U.S. senator by a student in the class was about changes he'd like to make to the current healthcare system. "We need the cost lowered," Daines said. "That's one issue I hear about more than anything else, is the costs are… Continue Reading


Montana delegation reacts to acquittal vote

Montana's U.S. senators split Wednesday on their votes to remove President Donald Trump from office, with Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester moving to remove the president from office on both of the impeachment articles while Republican Sen. Steve Daines helped keep Trump in office. Neither of the votes came as a a surprise, as both senators made clear their intentions in speeches Tuesday on the Senate floor. The senators also voted with the majority of their parties - all Democrats voted for … Continue Reading


State of the Union reaction from Daines, Gianforte

MISSOULA, Mont. - Montana's Republicans in Congress praised President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night. --- Here is the statement from Sen. Steve Daines: "Tonight, President Trump sent a clear message to Montanans, and all Americans. The state of our union is strong. "Our economy is booming. "We have the lowest unemployment in over 50 years. Middle class wages are at an all-time high. "We are delivering on our promise of less government and more jobs. "We are on a t… Continue Reading


Montana Senator Steve Daines Speaks On Impeachment Vote

When his turn came to address the U.S. Senate on the issue of President Trump's impeachment, Montana's Steve Daines said he was standing by the President and voting to acquit. He said Montanans are solidly behind the President and have been since he was elected in 2016. "President Trump won in Montana by over 20 points in the 2016 election," said Daines. "Supporting this impeachment means ignoring the voices of Montanans who voted for President Trump in the last election. It also means silenci… Continue Reading


Great Falls company, senators in middle of steel debate

A Great Falls company and Montana's U.S. senators have entered the fray over proposed duties on foreign steel, saying that higher costs could jeopardize expansion plans locally, cost jobs and threaten a $15 million investment. The Department of Commerce recently found that steel from Canada, Mexico, and China is being dumped into the U.S., and would be moving forward with duties, as much as 6.7%, to counter the impact, officials said. ADF International Inc. in Great Falls opposes the proposed … Continue Reading

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